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Bloomsday Reading and Songs

It’s time to don that boater hat and join Imelda May and friends, for an afternoon of readings and songs from Ulysses as part of the Bloomsday Festival’s flagship event “Readings and Songs.”

A long-standing and treasured tradition, this afternoon of songs, readings and performances from Ulysses in the heart of the city is an essential part of the Bloomsday experience.

This year we have actor, playwright and screenwriter Emmet Kirwan at the helm in Temple Bar to introduce a fabulously chaotic cast of noted Irish actors, musicians, pundits and everyone in between who will read extracts from Ulysses. The readings will bring to life Joyce’s immortal words, from his description of Dublin’s “snotgreen sea,” to Molly Bloom’s famous “yes.”

Among this year’s esteemed readers are acclaimed actors Owen Rowe, Kate Stanley Brennan, Margaret McAuliffe, Steve Hartland, and Mary Murray. Joining them will be esteemed writers Paul Lynch and Paul Murray, as well as poets Natalya O’Flaherty and Sasha Terrefous. The event will also feature the comedic brilliance of Aoife O’Connor, Colm O’Regan, Katherine Lynch, and Risteard Cooper. The celebrated singer-songwriter Loah and Dublin’s modern-day James Joyce, designer John Shevlin.

A stellar lineup of musicians including Bryan Mullen, Rory Dunne, Suzanne Savage, Morgan Cooke, and Karen Kelly will grace the stage, bringing the music that inspired Joyce back to life.

Culminating with an enthralling reading by the sensational singer Imelda May, as she breathes life into Molly Bloom’s legendary “yes.”

Experience an odyssey through James Joyce’s epic novel.

The event is free. 3pm – 6pm on June 16th in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


Friday, 16 June
03:00 PM – 06:00 PM


Meeting House Square
Temple Bar, Dublin
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